________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 4 . . . . October 10, 2008

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The Naming Book of Rascally Rhymes.

Jordan D. Troutt. Illustrated by Sarah Preston-Bloor.
Kingsville, ON: Palimpsest Press (Distributed by LitDistCo), 2008.
36 pp., hardcover, 2008.
ISBN 978-0-9784917-4-1.

Subject Heading:
Names-Juvenile poetry.

Preschool-grade 4 / Ages 4-9.

Review by Christina Neigel.

*/4

Reviewed from Advance Reading Copy.

excerpt:

H is for Hunter
Poorly named Hunter is timid and meek.
Listen quite closely or you won’t hear him speak.

His whisper might contain messages prudent and wise, But since you can’t hear him we'll assume they’re all lies.

C is for Caleb
Caleb calls to his friends to come see what’s in store. He can trick all the bullies into doing his menial chores. He claims they are great fun,
or why would he be here? He finds manipulation
More effective than fear.


This picture book is a collection of silly rhymes based on the names of children that begin with the letters of the alphabet. Aside from the acrylic illustrations that have a charming folk art quality to them, The Naming Book of Rascally Rhymes is too flawed to merit purchase. Although some rhymes are innocuous, many others would offend readers who share those names. Despite the intention to be playful, it is unlikely that the Hunters of the world would appreciate being labeled a liar or Calebs being labeled as manipulative.

internal art

     There is no context or story that might soften the harshness of the character descriptions. It would have also been beneficial to have had an illustration for each character rather than for every other one. The desire to create a fanciful and playful book about names can be appreciated. However, this work simply misses the mark.

Not Recommended.

Christina Neigel is the program head for the University of the Fraser Valley’s Library and Information Technology Program in Abbotsford, BC.



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